Call for an end to stadium leaks

Eagle Stadium. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Alesha Capone

More than 560 people have signed a petition calling for a permanent fix to the leaking roof at Eagle Stadium in Werribee.

The petition, called #fixtheroof3030, was started by Wyndham resident Joe Williamson about three weeks ago.

Mr Williamson said the $47 million stadium had been plagued by a leaking roof since it was built about three years ago, forcing the cancellation of basketball and netball games on days of heavy rainfall.

Mr Williamson is also calling for the council to reveal how much the leaking roof has cost ratepayers.

Werribee Basketball Association (WBA) president Paul Jones said that as a major tenant of Eagle Stadium, the organisation shared the frustration experienced by the people who had signed the petition.

“The petition, organised at the grass-roots level, clearly demonstrates the frustration the entire Werribee community has with the ongoing issues with Eagle Stadium’s roof,” he said.

“These roof leaks have had a significant impact on our competitions, our clubs and, most importantly, our players.

“As your readers will be aware, we are continuing to call on the council to fix the roof so the kids of Wyndham can play sport.”

Wyndham city life director David Semmens said that since becoming aware of the roofing issues at Eagle Stadium, the council had worked with the architect, builder and product manufacturers to determine the cause.

“We have also implemented a number of temporary measures in an attempt to minimise leakages whilst a permanent solution is identified,” he said.

“However, it appears the issues are quite complex.

“Our priority continues to be finding a permanent solution as quickly as possible as we are extremely frustrated that this issue has arisen and will be seeking compensation where possible.

“We understand that the disruption has already been difficult for stadium users and it is possible that there may be further disruption while we fix the roof.”

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